PERF06069 2013 Performance Analysis

General Details

Full Title
Performance Analysis
Transcript Title
Performance Analysis
N/A %
Subject Area
PERF - Performing Arts
COMP - Computing & Creative Practices
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Rhona Trench, Una Mannion
Programme Membership
SG_APERF_H08 201300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Performing Arts SG_HWRIT_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Writing and Literature SG_APERA_B07 201700 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Acting) SG_APERT_B07 201700 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Theatre Design)

This module introduces learners to live performance and critical analysis of production, performance and audience reception. Learners will exlpore a range of theories and methods for analysing and appreciating performances, in terms of how meaning and theatrical experience is constructed. Learners equipped with a set of concepts and terms with which to critique and evaluate live performances. This module aims to develop skills in performance research, visual research, presentations, review writing, revision and editing through interactive and practical workshops.


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Understand and evaluate the factors underlying the generation of meaning in performance


Critically evaluate and apply vocabulary of performance analysis in seminar discussions and in critical reviews of live performances


Revise, edit and peer-edit critical reviews


Present research and communicate ideas through structured oral presentations 


Collaborate with colleagues in research and analysis and engage in process of giving and receiving feedback for professional development

Module Assessment Strategies

Attending live performances is integral to this module. Seminars and workshops build upon the performance (dance, music, theatre, performance art etc) as the source material. Seminars designed to elucidate topic areas, clarify critical terms and to provide contextual background. Workshops provide learners with opportunity to practically apply skills and engage in collaborative and peer-learning, including presentations and peer editing workshops.

Indicative Syllabus

1. Textual Concepts

  • reading the theatrical performance as text
  • exploration of the work in terms of genre and cultural and theoretical movements
  • narrative structure
  • theatrical movements

 2. Performance Concepts

  • acting styles
  • character
  • analysis

3. Production Concepts

  • direction
  • style
  • governing idea

4. Staging Concepts

  • the material theatre
  • costume
  • design concept
  • technology
  • lighting
  • space
  • scenography
  • symbolism

5. Critical Concepts

  • experience of attending
  • audience
  • analysis
  • contextual study

6. Researching

  • library resources
  • online journals
  • visual research
  • documenting research and recording research

7. Review Writing

8. Presentation Skills

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Project Research journal Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % OnGoing 1,2,5
2 Individual Project Presentation Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % OnGoing 1,2,4,5
3 Project Critical Reviews Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % OnGoing 1,2,3,5
4 Performance Evaluation Participation Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Seminar Flat Classroom Workshop/seminar 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 5.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Knowles, Paul, Reading The Material Theatre (Cambridge University Press, 2004)

Allain, Paul and Jen Harvie, The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Performance (Routledge, 2006)

Auslander, Philip, Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture (Routledge 1999)

Zarrili, Philip, Theatre Histories: An Introduction (Routledge, 2006)

Giesekam, Greg , Staging the Screen: The Use of Film and Media in Theatre (Palgrave, 2007)

Other Resources
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